Founder & Clinical Psychologist

Thanks for stopping by the website to learn about what we do around here. As for me, I am a clinical psychologist who offers individual and group therapy as well as psycho-educational and psychological assessments.  Because I believe in the value of professional collaboration, I founded The Conative Group, PLLC, which is a collective of independent mental health practitioners.  Another professional endeavor includes my work on research projects relating to executive functioning deficits and  autism spectrum disorders.

Prior to earning my Ph.D., I was a master's level clinician working as a therapist and psychological associate. In these roles I provided therapy and psycho-educational testing services for over seven years. I hold two master's degrees: one in general psychology and another with an emphasis in clinical psychology.

I went back to school as an adult because of a passion for getting to know unique life stories, and for helping individuals use their strengths to overcome difficulties. I know firsthand how challenging it is to try something new, and I also know firsthand the sense of accomplishment that takes place when you step out in faith. It's not easy, but ultimately change can be rewarding.

Before my career as a therapist, I worked in sales and marketing for over 20 years, and then became a women's and children's ministry director. I am open to bringing spiritual issues into our therapy sessions upon request. I think you will find this diverse background helps me relate to a number of issues. I understand about the pressures and nuances of business and working for a large corporation. I also know what it is like to be a working mother.

As a clinician, I have a broad range of training. My Ph.D. internship was through The University of Texas Health Science Center in the Texas Medical Center.  I received extra training in helping persons with high functioning autism (Asperger's type), and individuals with ADHD. I also trained with both Houston Independent School District and Harris Country Psychiatric Center.

​I am passionate about helping parents and children get to root issues that are causing difficulty at home and school. Teenagers are also an age group that I work with especially well. You'll find that I believe in no pretense. Teenagers can see through a fake image very quickly, so I try to be as transparent as possible to help them navigate those issues that are especially troubling. 

On a personal note, I am married to my best friend, and have an adult daughter. In my spare time I enjoy painting and writing. 

Awards: Houston Psychological Association 2019 Psychologist of the Year

Affiliations: Houston Psychological Association - Board Member At-Large, Attention Deficit Disorders Association - Southern Region (ADDA-SR) Professional Advisory Council, Autism Resource Network, Founder, American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association